17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  9​h 45​min
1
Narita
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Furano
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Otaru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Akita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Yonezawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Niigata
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Narita vacation planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Narita is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Narita to be colder, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Taiheiyo Club Narita Course ©
Taiheiyo Club Narita Course

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally see the interesting displays at Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sapporo holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Narita to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Narita in December, plan for much colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
You've now added Asahiyama Zoo to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, then examine the collection at Furabi, then hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, and finally don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Furano trip planner .

You can drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Furano, with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Farm Tomita, Asahiyama Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Tengu, stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally snap pictures at Asakusa Bridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Otaru driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Furano to Otaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Furano in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Otaru, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Mt.Tengu ©
Mt.Tengu

1
night
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art, then examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Omoriyama Zoo, and finally get your bearings at Michi-no-Eki Akita Port.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Akita journey planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Otaru to Akita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Otaru in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Akita, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Yonezawa.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art
Omoriyama Zoo ©
Omoriyama Zoo
Michi-no-Eki Akita Port ©
Michi-no-Eki Akita Port

2
nights
Yonezawa

Yonezawa ©
Yonezawa is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, admire the striking features of Bunshokan, steep yourself in history at Uesugi Hakushakutei, then pause for some photo ops at Shokon Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Keishoden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Nishiazuma Sky Valley, take in the awesome beauty at Azuma Mountain Range, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then make a trip to Sumomoyama Tannan Yamanokami, and finally examine the collection at Denkoku No Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yonezawa online travel route planner .

Getting from Akita to Yonezawa by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Yonezawa are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Yonezawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Yamagata
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Bunshokan ©
Bunshokan
Uesugi Jinja Shrine ©
Uesugi Jinja Shrine

2
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine, look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, then snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Northern Culture Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, appreciate the history behind Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, then make a trip to Niigata Nippo Media Ship, and finally don't miss a visit to The Old Saito Residence.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Niigata day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Yonezawa to Niigata takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yonezawa in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Niigata: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Yahiko Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery ©
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery
Hakusan Shrine ©
Hakusan Shrine

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Niigata to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Niigata in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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